WHAT'S UP WITH THAT HURRICANE? Area schools plan to open today as scheduled. But keep checking back here and wherever else you get weather news for more details about what's next. Pasco and Hillsborough school officials have said they expect to announce plans for Tuesday by around noon. See the National Hurricane Center forecast, too.
DON'T FORGET THE FLASH DRIVE: Getting ready for the first day of school can be pretty harried. We provide a quick checklist of things your kids might need to get through the day.
THE RACE FOR PASCO SCHOOL BOARD: Three civic activists are angling to replace veteran board member Marge Whaley in this low-key campaign.
THINK BIGGER: The Hernando School Board should stop worrying about the clothing that students wear and instead focus on more important matters, such as curriculum and funding, the Times editorializes.
WAKING UP IS HARD TO DO: Some Lee students talk about how tough (or easy) it will be to make the transition back to school with the Naples Daily News.
THE BUDGET REALLY HURTS: Fewer field trips, pricier lunches and busier teachers are part of the new world order in Lee schools, due to shrinking resources, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Orlando-area teachers will be more "creative" than usual to make do with less, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SAY GOODBYE TO FCAT PREP? Florida's latest law bans teachers from abandoning their curriculum in favor of test-taking preparations, though content review remains a viable option, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SCHOOL NEWS JUST FOR YOU: Manatee High in Bradenton runs a 1-watt radio station providing news and information for the school and neighborhood, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MOVING IN: It's not just K-12 schools that are getting started again. Students started arriving at their UF dorms over the weekend, the Gainesville Sun reports.